The Theme Park sits on a pretty decent sized section of real estate in Nusajaya, Johor, about 20km from the Singapore/Malaysia border. We were staying in Singapore the night before, so we got a bus over the border. It was a pretty straightforward exercise. If you’re not sure how to get to LEGOLAND Malaysia, the park’s website has some great instructions.
If you’re staying at the Hotel, it’s ridiculously simple. Head over to the lifts and hit LG2. This will bring you down to the Park level. As soon as you walk through the giant minifigures, you’ll see the park entrance to your right. It’s that simple!
We paid for a combo ticket (with our Hotel accommodation). This allowed us access to the Theme Park and the Water Park (to be covered next week), for two days. Something to bear in mind though, that the two day combo ticket is two calendar days. If you are arriving in the middle of one day and departing in the middle of the next day, you can’t split a day’s worth of entrance over the two. If you do get the two day combo ticket, make sure you’re able to be there for at least two full days to get your ticket’s worth! The parks open at 10am and close at 6pm. There’s also options for Annual Passes, if you’re in the area frequently.
We were at the park over a Monday and Tuesday. Being a weekday it was pretty quiet, so we didn’t have to wait in any lines, but the Monday was raining pretty solidly. Combine the rain with the fact that it was a Monday, and there wasn’t much atmosphere at all. The park was pretty much deserted, aside from a few die hard, poncho covered fans, and a school group or two. The Tuesday was a much better day, weather-wise. The sun was out, and that meant more people were around, so the atmosphere was much better. We still didn’t need to wait in any lines though!
The park is sectioned off into themed areas, all of which will be covered. They include:
- The Beginning
- LEGO Technic
- LEGO Star Wars Miniland
- LEGO Kingdoms
- LEGO Ninjago World
- Land of Adventure
- LEGO City
Time to turn around and head into the park! The classic LEGOLAND entrance is brilliant to look at. It looks like it’s been built from oversized LEGO elements, and there are even a few brick-built sculptures perched on it. There was an official photographer that was around while we were there, and he was happy to take some nice photos of us on my camera, for free. It was well worth it. As you head closer into the gate, you’ll see the ticket booths to the right of the security gates. Head through the gates, and someone will check your bags, before you are allowed through.
The Beginning is the entry section of LEGOLAND Malaysia. When you walk through the gates, you’ll see buildings either side of you. These include:
- Big Shop
- Mini Market
- The Brick Shop
- The Cafe (I’ll cover this one later)
The Big Shop is aptly named – it’s big. At 1000 square metres of retail space, it boasts the largest selection of LEGO sets in Asia. There’s an amazing range in this store, and it’s great fun to wander around, as well as escape the heat for a while. We ended up spending big here, saving 95% of our shopping for here, and the rest at The Brick Shop. The staff are very helpful, and there’s loads to choose from that isn’t standard LEGO that we see in stores in Australia. There’s LEGOLAND tees, heaps of different seasonal sets, and more stuff like ice-cube trays and salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a 1×1 brick. It was extremely satisfying filling up a trolley, even if it was a tiny kid’s sized one! I had a blast here, and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. Pricewise it’s all dependent on what you want to get. Standard sets that are available in Australia are about the same or a little dearer, but the special, retired and seasonal sets are cheaper, so it’s worth bringing a decent amount of cash.
Before we head into the park proper, let’s talk quickly about the food options. You’re in a theme park, so of course, it’s not going to be flash, and it’s far from that. Theme park food is typically greasy, quick, and carb loaded, and this is no different. There’s the Cafe at the entrance, which has a decent range of cakes and coffee options, as well as a number of restaurants dotted around the park, including the main eatery in the park – The Market Restaurant in the LEGO City section. There’s at least one food option in each section of the park, so as you wander around, you won’t be far from food. Be warned though, it’s quite pricey. Make sure you grab some chips at least – they’re sort of LEGO brick shaped!
The Park as a Whole
Another thing to consider is the weather. Because of the harshness of the heat and humidity, I noticed that many of the sculptures, and especially some of the displays in Miniland were suffering a bit. Whites weren’t white anymore, blacks, more of a grey, and there was a fair bit of dirt and grime. It’s tough to keep something clean in that environment, especially when it’s intended to be for indoor play, but that’s the facts. Some of the Miniland displays had fallen over or broken completely, but for the most part, they were ok. They looked a little used, sure, but again, that’s the weather. It’s simply not feasible to replace items that are damaged or faded, as it’s quite an expensive exercise, in both monetary value, and time required. There were a few attractions aside from LEGO built items that were not functioning as well, so I got the feeling that for a park that’s four years old, it seemed like it had been there for closer to 10. Don’t let that put you off from going though. It’s well worth it.
The last attraction in this area was the Mindstorms Academy. This was actually pretty neat, and would be perfect for not only school students as a part of a class, but also for kids and their parents together. From what we could work out, it’s a series of rooms that have classes all about building and programming the Mindstorms robots, as well as different build competitions. We tried getting in, but unfortunately I misheard the instructions and we totally missed the start! Nevertheless, it looked brilliant, and not only that, but there’s an amazing Einstein head out the front of the building made from LEGO and Duplo. It was a very popular place for a photo!
LEGO Star Wars Miniland
The Miniland ends up in a LEGO Star Wars specific shop, so you can purchase all the Star Wars sets to recreate them at home. The prices are a little dearer than what you’d expect to pay in Australia, but there’s still a pretty good choice.
I really liked this section. It was great to explore and feel like I was walking around the grounds of a castle. It’s a shame the castle doesn’t even remotely look like it was built out of LEGO, standard sized or oversized, but it was still great. The sculptures around the walkway up above are a welcome addition – there are some beauties!
The final attraction in Imagination is the new LEGO Studios 4D cinema. LEGO films are shown regularly throughout the day, complete with the typical 3D glasses, and the occasional chair rumble and foam being sprayed on you to mimic snow. It’s good fun, however the 3D effects aren’t perfect. Sometimes it takes a bit of effort to adjust your eyes. It was still quite good, and sucked me in to the 3D effects every now and then!
LEGO Ninjago World
The ride will see you sitting in a typical roller coaster chair, but there’s a scoreboard and a movement sensor on the panel in front of you. Pop on the supplied 3D glasses and move your hands in a downwards karate-chop like motion and you’ll “throw” digital ninja stars! It was pretty neat, and loads of fun. Some people are really good as well, as was noticed in the final scoreboards! Each chair will rotate to the ride walls that are big projections of Ninjago scenes. You’re essentially helping out the Ninjago characters defeat baddies.
Land of Adventure
Lastly, there’s Lost Kingdom. This one is similar to the Ninjago ride, as a coaster will some interaction. You sit in a chair with a laser gun and you have to shoot red dots in some pretty amazing LEGO scuplted scenes. This one was pretty fun, however my wife’s gun wasn’t working, so she had to reach behind for the free one behind her. If the cars are full, then you’re going to be out of luck! Let’s hope that they all work.
Anyway, inside is a brilliant (I really mean that) puppet show with the Ninjago characters. The puppetry is really good, and had us as adults enthralled in the story. It’s definitely not one to miss. It’s fantastic.
So that’s it for the LEGOLAND Theme Park. Next week I’ll be wrapping up the series by writing about the Water Park. If you’ve been to LEGOLAND Malaysia before, please let me know what you thought! I hope this series is useful to potential travellers!
For more photos, take a look at the full album on Flickr.